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Friday, 13 September 2019

Behind the Scenes of Dr. STONE | The Making of an Anime

Oh Joy ...have fun reading the old stuff.

Well, today I wrote a long post on the AOP blog and...the laptop decided to change pages as I was writing.  Everything lost.

The long post I wrote here on CBO I added images to and cut out and everything lost.

Same applies to updating the Face Book pages and the laptop seems just about ready to die forever. With no one buying books and me living by the seat of my pants with no support from the thousands of regular CBO readers there is no possibility of getting a replacement laptop or PC.

It could be the end of CBO but I think we've established )repeatedly) that no one really cares so....let's see how this goes.  Nothing new in the next week or so -have fun reading the old stuff.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Guidelines....not that complicated

Oddly, after a discussion with several people on Face Book Messenger (and the laptop did not break down until after!) I took in the points that rather than having to leave a comment or email me to contact me people probably don't want to beat about the bush.

So rather than commenting or emailing me before here is what you can do if you are a publisher (big or small press it makes no difference)  and want to send in books, comics or send in comic related toys, DVDs, etc. then you can but please include the following information:

1.   Quick synopsis about the item (comics and books incl page count)
2.   How much it costs (if mail order add the p&p)
3.   How and where available

These are things that, unbelievably over 30 plus years, people forget but a review of say a comic is no good if no one has any idea as to price or how to get a copy!

Items can be sent to:

Terry Hooper-Scharf
c/o 203 Ashton Drive
Ashton Vale
Bristol BS3 2PY
United Kingdom

Please note that I will NOT review comics or books from CDs.  I will definitely not open any unmarked CDs with no explanatory covering letter!!!

Also, remember that if you have a web site send the url along so people can visit it.

That's it.

Be cool!

ONE SHOT: Suspiria aus dem Reich der Finsternis – Der Kleine Tod (ab 18)...

Prime 1 Studio Jurassic Park Collection Tour! (2019)

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Russian Red Star Squadron, Chinese Phoenix Team and Others

Just a post title change. I heard back that people were not checking the post as they assumed it was a political post about Brexit.


Back in the late 1980's I courted political controversy.  Well, not really.  You see I was putting together Black Tower Adventure and Previews Comic -both of which were anthologies. Fast Fiction Small Press service -or Ed Pinsent to be precise- once wrote: "You can see his DC comics collection opening up in front of you" re. my comics.

As I pointed out to dear Ed that was a bloody insult -"Ich bin ein Marvelite!" I roared and making his cheese sandwich shake across the table!  :-) Honestly, one has to remember that these were the "elite" who declared time and again that Europe had never had super hero comics.  Therefore, if I had a comic with such characters (costumed and uncostumed as was the British tradition) it had to have been inspired by American comics. Being a Marvelite in those days I did grab any Justice League of America comic I could see but that was my shameful secret revealed only now almost 40 years later :-)

But at one Westminster Comic Mart I was talking to Tom Elmes, John Erasmus and others when some idiot I did not know (he was one of those comics 'nice guys' it turns out) called me a communist. Considering the experiences of my mother's (German) family during the Second World War that was quite insulting and I did ask -politely- what they were talking about.

It turned out to be The Evil of the Salamander strip. Why?  Well, obviously they could not give any cogent reason other than the fact that I had showed Soviet and Chinese super heroes -actually part of the military of the PRC and USSR therefore more soldiers than civilian vigilantes.  Not just that but I had shown  the Phoenix Team and Red Star Squadron -brace yourselves!- cooperating to fight a common foe.

No ugly faced, gnarly toothed evil sons of bitches out to subjugate the free world.  That it seems is where the problem was.  Dammit they were not even fighting each other but trying to prevent what could turn into -at best and least- a border war.

Some little twit did later write that I probably hated democracy and read Soviet Weekly between comic books.  Actually, I did not reveal that I had read Soviet Weekly -back in the pre internet days we had to read things that were printed and if you wanted the latest Russian photos from the Moon or Venus don't think they were in all the news papers: you bought a copy of SW with the photos and report in.

In point of fact I knew from when a youngster that the UK had a population consisting of ex-pat Russians, Chinese, Polish, Hungarian and many others and there were of course Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Indian, African - you know, you write the characters and not the political ideologies unless it was necessary. I was writing about characters and a situation many thousands of miles away....a fictional story.

With The Return of the Gods: Twilight of the Super Heroes and The Green Skies my complete international cast of characters from every continent are seen fighting a common foe(s).  There is a hint of political attempts to mess things up in the background but the real story is the action and adventure -including the Red Star Squadron, some of the old October Guard, the "Red Terror" (a character with roots going back to the Stalinist era) and so on. Oh, I have a lot of Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and other characters.

What might the idiots have said or written if they had read Major Victory -Hero of the Soviet Union??

They would have been very confused over lypyoshka!

As someone writing and drawing -and publishing- comics you do the story and when it comes to the characters and location they could be anywhere in the world...or off it.  You are entertaining people and that is it.

Even at the time -1987- I laughed at the tiny minds who seemed to think they were in the 1950s-1970s and the childish name-calling only proved how ill educated they were.  I hate to say it but the people I was with were in hysterics when the accusation was made. Incidentally, none of those 'critics' has even drawn a "black" British character in their careers so perhaps that ought to be questioned?  

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

MANNTRA - YELENA (Official Video)

Project Pitchfork - Timekiller - Official

I gave it one last stab

While my laptop is still working -it's taken me three attempts to post this so far- I have taken the drastic step of reducing book prices at the online store to their basic minimum.

That means that a book costing £10 will get me £1 and I'd need to sell ten copies to get that £10!

Impossible to go any lower as the Print on Demand company and printer want their cut which is most of that £10!

I know two independent comic publishers who gave books away for free....and the takers even complained about that.  Too many of us Independent publishers are going to the wall while alleged comic fans bleat on about wanting something different to the DC and Marvel comics out there.

Here is your chance then!

Probably will not save my business (as if anyone out there actually cared any more) but before I'm off the internet completely* I gave it one last stab.
* No business. No money equals no computer and no one gives them away for free.

John Erasmus' Denizen Ark:Unemployed Crime-Fighter

Black and white

Price now £12.00!!

He was the epitomy of 1980s Thatcherite Britain: Denizen Ark -Unemployed Crime-fighter. But a couple decades on it looks like someone is stalking the crime-stalker!

One of the UKs finest comic illustrators, John Erasmus brings his classic character back into the glaring limelight of 2016! 

Note preview pages are on the online store page!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Max Ernst Museum Brühl -Major Moebius Exhibition

Werk von Moebius, Arzak fliegend vor einem hohen Felsen, Nachthimmel



From 15.9.2019

From 15 September, the Max Ernst Museum Brühl of the LVR will present Germany's most extensive exhibition to date of the French cartoonist and scenarist Jean Giraud (1938-2012), who has gained international fame under the name "Mœbius". Mœbius explored the spheres of dreams and science fiction and inspired numerous films such as George Lucas, Ridley Scott or Hayao Miyazaki.
In Mœbius, the boundaries between comic strip and visual art blur. In his stories utopian architectures and futuristic megametropoles meet desert landscapes and shamanistic journeys through space and time.
The exhibition is dedicated to the extensive work of Mœbius in thematically structured areas: starting from basic ideas in his notebooks ("Carnets") on colored drawings, comic sequences, abstract paintings to popular prints and objects, the spectrum of his drawing art is expanded.
The retrospective "Mœbius" with around 450 works was created in close cooperation with Mœbius Production. Accompanying appears a catalog with over 240 illustrations.

I have done this before....

I have done this before but why not again -just updated. If you ever wonder whether it is worth advertising on, promoting your DVD, book, comic or whatever via CBO and the iew stats do not convince you then maybe you are wondering about the audience?

Here is a list of just the top ten countries (in views order) that have provided views today:

United States
United Kingdom
Unknown Region  (China?)
South Korea

Yesterday's top ten countries were:

United States
United Kingdom
Unknown Region
United Arab Emirates

And for last Month:

United States
United Kingdom
Unknown Region

All Time views:

United States
United Kingdom

If I look at the countries viewing CBO right NOW (1700 hrs) I see

United States
United Kingdom

The Top Ten countries for views are the highest number, obviously, whereas if you want to see the countries just outside the Top Ten providing an audience "Now" comes in handy.

As noted previously, every continent and most countries have appeared in the stats regularly so it is a true international audience.

Many check in for news on action figures because, as a rule, regular news and reviews on these will not appear in their countries for months -some will never see the figures in their country so buy from overseas.

Many check the comic news and reviews, sometimes items from 2011 appear in the Posts viewed stats: Titan Books:The Secret Service -Kinsman was reviewed in March, 2014 but still appears in the top ten posts and has currently been viewed 7,052 times.  Cinebook reviews from 2011 on are constantly popping up in the stats.  And I do know people buy after seeing the reviews.

Others like to see new movie trailers or reviews.  Sadly, the last DVD I had to review was Howl and Kick Ass II. But TV and movie news gets read and that is what matters.

So if you want any of your products re CBO viewed or if you want to sponsor CBO just get in touch: and please head the email "CBO"

And if a publisher is looking for talent then check out Richard Anthony Pester: his 2011 interview has been viewed over 23,000 times!

Ecco i primi ospiti di BilBOlbul 2019

Spice Seed Booth Tour (2019) Fist of the North Star & Kinnikuman

Monday, 2 September 2019

Red Paper 1: Foxes, Wolves, Coyotes & Jackals in the UK

202 Pages
maps, illustrations and photographs
Price: £20.00 (excl. VAT)
Prints in 3-5 business days

The Red Paper: Canids Up-dated  edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.

By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries. The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.

The summation of over 30 years research reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.

The Girt Dog Of Ennerdale

The Girt Dog Of Ennerdale
List Price: £10.00Price: £8.50 (excl. VAT)You Save: £1.50 ( 15% )

Over 200 years ago, in 1810, sheep were being killed in the Ennerdale area of Cumbria.  The sheep were allegedly hardly eaten yet their blood had been drained and the killer responsible thwarted the efforts of organised hunts and terrified hounds.

What was the “Girt Dog” of Ennerdale?  Many theories abound from a paranormal creature called a “Mauler” to an escaped hyena , Tiger or even a Thylacine. Perhaps an unknown species of native British big cat?

The truth of what the “Girt Dog” was lies within the original accounts of the time.  Documents that modern writers appear to have never consulted.

The Hooper Interviews!

A must-have for anyone interested in comic history?

From a huge selection of interviews covering the Small Press, Independent and mainstream Comics from the UKEurope and US. Here are a few of the best interviews from 30 years.

Perfect Bound
A4 (cms 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall)
365 pages
profusely illustrated with art and photographs.
ISBN  9781326210113
Prints in 3-5 business days

 Someone referred to it as “Comics 101” –background info on creators, how they got started, what tools and even paper/board they use.  Damn near damaged my wrist because it is a BIG book. And Who exactly is interviewed in this book?

Karen Rubins  -The Dark, The Witch and other books

Alan Class        -the man behind the Class Comics series

Kate Glasheen -the incredibly talented artist on Hybrid Bastards, Bandages and other works

Tom Pinchuck -writer of Hybrid Bastards

Dave Ryan       -the artist/writer behind War of The Independents

Jon Haward    -UK artist who worked of Tales of the Buddha, Dan Dare and more

Ron Fortier     -the man behind Mr Jig-Saw and Airstrip 27 books

Michael Cho  -creator of Max Finder Mysteries and some really cool art

Then there are a bunch of interviews related to The Black Coat that was published by Ape Entertainment -Francavilla may be a name familiar to DC and Marvel comic fans these days:

Jeremy Colwell
Ben Lichius
Adam Cadogan
Franco Frankavilla

The comic character Gumby also returned to comics and that created another series of interviews titled: The Gumby Interviews (Gumby, himself, was never interviewed)

Mel Smith
Paul H. Birch
Rick Geary

Joe Martino -from Ripperman to Shadow Flame

Yishan Li    -Seriously, do I have to explain who Yishan Li is? DCs Blue Beetle, the Buffy comic and much more!

Pekka Manninen -As far as I am concerned, Finland's top comic creator and I'm not saying that because I am the UKs top Kapteeni Kuolio (Captain Gangrene) fan!

Lauren Watton -Pink Apple Jam and Sweatdrop Studios

Willie Hewes      -Amaranth and Itch! Publishing

Emma Vieceli     -come on. Star of stage and musicals not to mention one of the UKs top Manga artists -Manga Shakespeare, Dragon Heir and more.

Sonia Leong      -another noted UK Manga artist whose credits include Romeo and Juliet for Manga Shakespeare.

Nick Defina -the man behind Septagon Studios and Scorn

Donna Barr  -The Desert Peach and so much more that you can check up on at her Midnight Library blog.  She's a comic book Goddess.

Roberta Gregory -The other comic book Goddess and pioneering female creator.

Roberta created Bitchy Bitch and many other characters.

Jeff Brooks  -the man behind the UK editions of Classics Illustrated

Matt (D'Israeli) Brooker -from zines to "proper comics" including Deadline in the 1980s

Tania Del Rio -Sabrina the teenage Witch and more for Archie Comics

Holly Golightly -Broadsword Comics, Archie, Schoolbites and much more

Vanessa Wells -superb creator of a comic I loved titled Shrouded and much more these days -

Marv Wolfman -Yes. The Marv Wolfman.

Morag Lewis -another UK Manga artist who worked with Sweatdrop Studios

The Etherington Brothers -if you've ever been to a good UK event you will have seen the duo behind Malcolm Magic, The 8th Moon Sketchbook,  Moon and more.

Nicole Damon -CBOs favourite fantasy art model. Nicole has worked with Ben Uriegas, Loprenzo Sperlonga, Greg Hildebrandt and others.

Olivier Cadic -the man who brought Franco-Belgian comics to the English language readers via Cinebook The 9th Art!  Everything you need to know.

Mike Western -"The Guv'nor" of British comics with strips such as The Wild Wonders, The Leopard From Lime Street and so many more to his name they would need a book to list.

John Cooper -Again, a creator who worked on many UK comic strips from Judge Dredd, One-Eyed Jack, Johnny Red and many others.